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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Published December 25th 2013
Giving You the Nature Bug
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Get up close and personal with nature at the Natural History Museum, where you can attend free and interactive talks taught by experts in the Attenborough Studio. Nature Live is an educational family programme that takes place every weekday at 2.30pm and 12.30pm at the weekends. It is a chance for people of all ages to gain a better understanding of the way life works in the wild. For example, talks include research into bugs, birds, dinosaurs, plants, and even meteorites that have fallen to earth. The current schedule is planned up to 27th April, so pop in to the museum and find out something fascinating. Here are just a few examples:

A Sting in the Tail
28th December

Animals have different ways of protecting themselves, from a bite to a sting with the tail. But what is the difference between being poisonous and being venomous, and how are these toxins produced?

Pinning Down the Secrets of Life
29th December

Charles Darwin and Alfred Russel Wallace were both nineteenth century evolutionists with a bug fixation; they both collected beetles and between them amassed a grand total of twenty-two thousand boxes with over two hundred and sixty thousand species. These specimens are kept at the Natural History Museum and used for study. In this talk, find out how beetles prompted the theory of Natural Selection.

Behind the Lens
18th January, 15th February, 22nd March

Meet world class wildlife photographers who go to extremes to capture the most amazing images.

Behind the Scenes
29th January

Over six million specimens of plants have been collected in the Natural History Museum in the last three hundred years. They are all stored in the herbarium for scientists to study. Come along to this talk to learn what they have discovered.
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When: 26th Dec - 1st April
Phone: 44 (0)20 7942 5011
Where: Natural History Museum
Cost: Free
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